Hard-luck Twins drop home game to Detroit in 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Clark tied a career high with four hits, including a go-ahead single in the 11th inning Thursday as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 for their seventh win in nine games.
Brian Hunter led off the 11th inning with a double off Mike Trombley (1-2), but was thrown out at third on Bip Roberts’ bunt. Bobby Higginson then reached first on catcher’s interference, Clark singled for a 4-3 lead and Damion Easley hit a two-run double, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
Doug Brocail (2-0) got the final out in 10th, and Todd Jones pitched a perfect 11th for his eighth save in nine chances.
Clark was 4-for-5 and has reached safely in 14 consecutive games. He was 7-for-12 (.583) in the three-game series.
Marty Cordova had a two-run homer, his first in 120 at-bats since last Sept. 25 against Chicago’s Doug Drabek. His sixth-inning drive followed a leadoff double by Paul Molitor, 2-for-3 in the game with a pair of doubles.
Twins starter Eric Milton allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. Detroit’s Todd Worrell, who lost four of his previous five starts, gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked one.
Matt Lawton’s RBI single put Minnesota ahead in the first, but Deivi Cruz hit a game-tying double in the second and Higginson hit a two-run homer in the third, his ninth of the season and second in two games.
Detroit has homered in 15 consecutive games, its longest streak since tying the major league record at 25 in 1994. The Atlanta Braves tied that record earlier this month.